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Ofsted to create up to 100 'exceptional' heads a year

Up to 100 headteachers will be recruited to a new cadre of "exceptional" school leaders who will help turn around the country’s most struggling schools, under plans to be introduced by Ofsted.

Sir Michael Wilshaw told TES this week that he would force every school by law to join a cluster or federation, which would then be led by a new category of headteacher who would be paid more money to take on additional schools. 

Sir Michael has previously championed the idea of a new category of headteacher who “go the extra mile”, but the chief inspector of schools now wants to see up to 100 posts created every year.

Sir Michael, himself a former headteacher, said he would be discussing his proposals with education secretary Nicky Morgan in the coming weeks and is expected to press for extra money to pay for the initiative.

“If we’re going to do anything about the long tail of underachievement, we have to crack this problem,” Sir Michael said. “We’re not going to rise up the Pisa tables until this issue is sorted out. I’ll be talking to the secretary of state about financially incentivising it. 

“We’ll say you are an absolutely exceptional headteacher, running an exceptional school supporting some of the toughest schools in the country to turn them around and hopefully the secretary of state will say that’s a great idea, here’s some money to do it.”

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